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Thread #152747 Message #3573460
Posted By: Songwronger
06-Nov-13 - 08:06 PM
Thread Name: BS: Is Obama Unable to Discharge?
Subject: RE: BS: Is Obama Unable to Discharge?
From today's USA Today:
Obama health lie freaks Dems
Many of the president's supporters are in barely concealed panic over the fact that he didn't tell the truth when he was selling the Affordable Care Act.
In an oft-repeated vow, he told the country that "if you like your health care plan, you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what."
This was, by any common-sense measure, a lie...
This simple fact of logic is causing many liberals to flee for what they believe are rhetorical safe harbors.
The first refuge is that he was simply being "unclear." The "White House could have been clearer in laying the groundwork for this political argument," writesThe Washington Post's Greg Sargent. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., says, "I think we should have been more precise." The New York Times'Editorial Board says, "Obama clearly misspoke when he said that."
In most dictionaries, misspeaking is defined as a slip of the tongue. Is it really misspeaking when the president repeats a poll-tested pledge dozens of times, often reading from prepared remarks on his teleprompter, straight into the camera? Is it really a slip of the tongue when the White House puts out videos and talking points centered on this false claim?
Obama wasn't telling the truth unclearly; he was telling a falsehood very clearly. When he said "no matter what," it even left the impression that, if in some unforeseen way the law did cause people to lose their plan, he would remedy the situation. (If that were so, the White House would support congressional efforts to let people keep their plans.) The "period" in "you'll be able to keep your health care plan, period" means no ifs ands or buts. Now we are getting a barrage of "buts."
...It's good that liberal supporters of the law admit that what the president said wasn't true, even if they can't bring themselves to call the president a liar. But they might want to think a bit about the standard they are establishing.
And then there's this radio interview, out today. One of Obama's classmates from Hawaii talks about his pathological lying:
It may be tempting to brush the woman off as not credible, but bear in mind that Obama just LIED A HUNDRED MILLION AMERICANS OUT OF THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS. Then consider your notions of credibility.